Church Growth and the Global South: Toward a Biblical and Missional Ecclesiology

One of the most prominent divides in Evangelical missiology comes from divergent understandings of Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20). This divide represents in many ways different approaches by church growth advocates form the West and proponents of radical discipleship from the Global South. The divide between these approaches, commonly referred to as “frontier missions” and “holistic mission” centers especially on the meaning of evangelism and discipleship. This paper explores critiques of the Church Growth Movement (CGM) by scholars from the Global South—specifically, René Padilla, Orlando Costas, and David Bosch. This paper concludes that both approaches have something to offer and a solution can be found in the articulation of a missional ecclesiology.

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